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Sara Pennypacker
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Stuart's Cape (The Amazing World of Stuart #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  251 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Stuart's got problems. It's raining. He's bored. And worst of all, he's new in town, so he's got a lot to worry about. What does a kid like Stuart need in order to have an adventure? A cape, of course!
Published February 1st 2005 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2002)
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Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stuart books are funny and imaginative, but have a wonderful understated tone. Wish there were more of them.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and odd. Stuart moved to a new house and is going to start 3rd grade in a new school in a few days. He’s worried and bored. It occurs to him that only people with capes have adventures, so he staples together 100 old ties, adds a purple sock for a secret pocket, and proceeds to have several odd adventures, including flying (takes pound cake to bring him down), growing toast, and making a new friend (the trash man).
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really delightful little read, laugh out loud fare for young elementary kids, particularly boys. My only complaint is that it only took one night to read to my daughter (who also loved it), and I kinda wanted to spend more time with Stuart and his cape.

Sara Pennypacker is on my "Favorite Authors" list. Stuart's Cape reminded me why.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book comes before Stuart Goes to School, which I read first. You probably should read this one first. I liked how Stuart told himself that whatever happened, he wouldn't act surprised. And he actually did that!
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could read Stuart books all day. I really think this is an overlooked gem for young middle grade readers!
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My little guy who is 7 loves these books. He thinks Stuart is hilarious and creative. A great bedtime read in my opinion.
Jeannie Wilkinson
Stuart is stranded at home on a rainy day without all his best stuff. Worse, he is in a new town where he will start at a new school in just a few days. What’s a bored boy to do? Make a cape! With his innovative cape, Stuart has all sorts of wacky adventures, from flying to growing toast, and he hardly has time to worry about his new school. Stuart’s imagination make this chapter book fun and funny for young readers, and Martin Matje’s black and white illustrations bring Stuart’s escapades to li ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my 9-year-old and it kept her entertained, and lately that’s a high bar. I love Pennypacker’s sense of humor but Clementine is still my favorite.
Sandy McDowell
Delightful, quirky, imaginative. Quick read.
Janine Parsons
Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-6th grades
The illustration on the cover pulled me into the book and The title caught my eye, "Stuart's Cape". I could only imagine what adventures Stuart would have with his cape.

This book was an easy read. The font and spacing are pleasing to the eye and the illustrations are zany. The author's tone reminds me of the narrator on the 1983 comedy movie "The Christmas Story". Stuart indeed has some fun and crazy adventures with his cape.

A lot of children have wonderful imaginations. They also are prone to
Kate Schwarz
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, early-reader
This is a short early reader--just 55 pages--with funny, strange, what-kids-want illustrations on every page. It's a silly story about what every kid dreams of: Stuart makes a cape out of a bunch of ties and crazy cool things happen to him: a dinosaur, gorilla, and a horse show up on his doorstep to play with him; he can fly (he has to eat a heavy pound cake in order to come down...ha!); he grows his favorite food (toast) from the ground; he can have people/animals switch places.

In all, a fun re
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Third-grader Stuart, his parents, and his Aunt Bubbles just moved to Punbury. Stuart's worrying is only matched by his imagination, and both are XXXL. What if there are man-eating spiders in his new closet? He worries about getting lost, finding new friends, not finding the school bathroom in time, or getting stuck once he's there. One rainy, boring day, Stuart finds a box of old ties. He staples them all together and makes a wondrous, magical cape which leads him from one adventure to another. ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of books that are to help readers to move from picture books into chapter books. This one is one of my least favorites.

It could be the narrator. I have found that they often select average narrator. She was ok, but I found it annoying that a female was narrator was reading when the character is male.

It might be interesting to the right reader. However, considering the lead character is supposed to be 8 he seemed much younger though that could be do to the narrator.

It's an
"Adventures only happen to people with capes!" New to the neighborhood, Stuart has a lot to worry about: what if his neighbors are robbers? What if there are man-eating spiders and snakes? What if he never makes a friend? But he knows if he had a cape, he would have an adventure every day. So he sews 100 ties together and suddenly: animals are coming to his door to play, he's flying and he grows toast from seeds. But when Mom and Dad won't let him wear his cape to orientation day, disaster strik ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grades-2-3
Stuart is a little boy with a lot of rational and irrational worries and even more imagination (or maybe his cape really is magic...) My second and third grade book club loved Stuart's silly adventures and then loved making capes of their own. We ended up reading the sequel, Stuart Goes to School, together because they couldn't wait to find out what happened to him on his first day at a new school. I would recommend this to readers who are not quite ready for Wayside School but enjoy that unpred ...more
Stuart is getting ready to start the third grade and is very nervous. Will he make any friends? He decides he needs a cape to make things better and makes one by stapling together his dad's ties (not recommended!). Stuart has several grand adventures and by the end of the book is all ready to start school. This is by the same author as the Clementine series. He's imaginative and uses his creativity wisely. This book has been re-released as "The Amazing World of Stuart." Recommended for 2nd-4th g ...more
Eight-year-old Stuart is new in the neighborhood and anxious about starting a new school. On a boring, rainy day, he longs for adventure and finds it when he creates a superhero cape out of neckties. He meets a talking dinosaur, horse and gorilla; flies around the sky; and plants toast. He later befriends the local trashman upon discovering a mutual appreciation for junk. Slight fluff, so forgettable I had to read it 3 times.
Molly Toomey
This book is a small collection of stories that have to do with Stuart and his cape. He's a young boy who is bored within his home, but has a great imagination. When he's given a cape one day, his play time comes to life and he is able to go on many discoveries. A great book about imagination and using a simple thing to make play time much more enjoyable and meaningful. Can be used as a prompt for writing a story about getting their own cape.
Brooke Cox
Stuart's Cape, by Sara Pennypacker, is such a cute, quirky book! I really liked it, even though the book is nothing fancy. When I read this book I had to open up my imagination in order to visualize the characters and follow along with the story plot. What I really loved about this book is that I never knew what Stuart was going to do next. So it kept me wondering and anxious to read the next chapter. I believe young children would love this book for that very reason.

-Ms. Cox
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's on of the best ways to trick your kids into reading books you know they'll love: First I had David read me the first two chapters of this book outloud as part of his school assignments. Then I made him stop before he wanted to. Then I put the book down, commanding him NOT to take it in his room, NOT to read any further without me. It worked like a charm.
Judi Paradis
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one funny book. Stuart is a guy who needs some help getting through his days, so he fashions a super hero cape from his dad's old neckties. The cape DOES give him some super powers--but never exactly when he wants them. I read this to Ms. Villa's fourth grade class last week and we agreed that it was seriously funny. A great chapter book for grades 2 and up.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I adored Pennypackers Clementine books and was hoping for a boy friendly book to match Clementine. This book seemed to go no where and fast. You couldn't tell if Stuart's adventures were his active imagination or actually happening. The book held promise, a boy who needs a cape to have adventures, but it just fell very flat for me.
Susan  Dunn
Stuart is the new kid in town, nervous about the first day of school, and sad because he doesn't have anyone to play with. When he finds some items put out for the trash - including a box of old ties - he makes himself a cape. And suddenly everything changes! A cape is definitely the prelude to an adventure...
A perfect combination of zany illustrations and creative text about an imaginative young boy's worries when he moves to a new town and has to start at a new school. Stuart knows that a cape will solve all his problems, and the one-of-a-kind cape he creates with old ties and a stapler accompanies him on many adventures.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, p-s-reads
This is by the author of the whacky Clementine books my girls (and I enjoy), so no surprise that we enjoyed the zaniness of Stuart's experiences as well. His are a little less realistic, but no less enjoyable for that!
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The story is whimsical and has potential; however, it is underdeveloped, and the conclusion is abrupt. The first 3/4's of the audiobook was nearly unbearable because the reader was sooooo monotonous.
Trent Welbaum
Stuart is a kid who has a lot of problems, but the only way for him to feel confident and solve these problems is to wear his cape. Since he is new in town, he has a lot of worries, but with his cape he will always have an adventure.
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart is extremely bored and decides to make himself a cape so that his summer will become more exciting. Visiting animals, flying, growing toast, and his pet cat turning into a garbage collector definitely made Stuart's days anything but boring!
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We thought this was a cute story about a 3rd grade boy who moved - much like my little guy :) Stuart has a BIG imagination - so it was a little hard to tell what was real and what was his imagination sometimes - but a fun and super quick read that the kids and I enjoyed.
Kristin King
Stuart's cape turns out to be magic and adventures ensue, but it wasn't as engaging as I expected. Still a nice short chapter book for boys.
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